Examples of possible areas for investigation
1.Language change e.g. recipes, magazines, children’s books.2.Gender issues e.g. Jamie Oliver vs Delia Smith, Richard and Judy, Jo and Twiggy, Desand Mel.3.Comparison of language in news programmes – R4, newsbeat, local radio4.Interview techniques e.g. Paxman, Parkinson, Jonathan Ross.5.Study of transcribed examples of a regional variety of spoken English – accent anddialect.6.Observations of how parents speak to children.7.Analysis of a stretch of everyday discourse e.g. making requests, gender mix inconversation, telephone calls, Big Brother, sales talk, greetings, gossip, funeral speeches,occupational variations (politicians, lawyers, detectives, doctors, hairdressers…the list isendless).8.Comedy styles – stand-up, sitcom, taboo.9.An investigation into strategies of human politeness behaviour and whether these are agerelated.10.Analysis of differences between spoken and written English e.g. radio v. press, news or sports reports.11.Observations of young children learning to speak read or write.12.Exploration of stylistic features of media forms e.g. magazines, tv programmes, websites.Look at how language is related to the audience.13.Do women have less confidence than men in their recognition and use of computer related jargon?14.How is slang used differently by 16-19 year old students at one state and one privatesixth form institution?15.An investigation into the gendered use of taboo language.16.Has the use of occupational titles changed over time?17.Is there a gendered difference in the use of text messaging language forms?18.Is there any evidence to suggest that the language of text messaging is undergoing anyof the processes of standardisation?19.Does the degree of friendship influence the power dynamics of conversation betweensame sex pairs of teenage friends?20.Do common linguistic definitions of gendered language match ordinary people’sperceptions?21.Does British English of the last fifteen years still encode sexism?
So we've just gone back to school and we're starting our A2 courses now, mostly coursework in majority of subjects... which means English coursework.
I'm with AQA, doing the language investigation coursework, yet I've no idea WHATSOEVER on what to do it on and I need to have an idea fairly soon. Most people have chosen something easily, but I want an A (should be getting one really) and I don't wanna rush into something.
Only idea I've come up with is:
An idea of comparing the language of MSN (teacher suggestion), but I'm not sure at all... lack of real frameworks, and data collection could be difficult.
If I did it... I was thinking maybe get:
- Conversation of a guy speaking to a girl and a guy.
- Conversation of a girl speaking to a guy and a girl.
Then I could do gender comparisons as well as looking at internet language?
((''Pick what interests you'' doesn't really help, I'm not particularly interested in anything 'language related' I can think of.))